The People That Time Forgot (1977)

PG | 92 mins | Adventure | 1977

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writer:

Patrick Tilley

Producer:

John Dark

Cinematographer:

Alan Hume

Production Designer:

Maurice Carter
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HISTORY

       Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel was serialized in The Blue Book Magazine (Oct 1918). It was first published in book form as part of The Land That Time Forgot by A. C. McClurg & Co. (Chicago, 1924). Ace Books, Inc. published the first stand-alone version of the novel in paperback (New York, 1963).
       A 21 Jan 1977 DV news item reported that the film, a sequel to The Land That Time Forgot (1975, see entry), was scheduled to begin principal photography 24 Jan 1977 in the Spanish Canary Islands. Interiors were slated to start Feb 1977 at Pinewood Studios, England. According to a 25 Jan 1977 DV report, a helicopter with cameraman Peter Allwork and pilot John Poland aboard, crashed into Scotland’s Lake Avon, just one day after shooting began. Members of the Royal Air Force rescued Allwork and Poland, who were not seriously injured, but previously-shot footage was lost. A 4 Apr 1977 HR article, which noted that the production had recently returned to Pinewood studios in England after four weeks of shooting in the Canary Islands, stated that aerial footage was filmed in Germany, as well as Scotland. Although HR called the picture an Amicus-American International Pictures co-production, Amicus is not credited in the film.
       The film received fairly positive reviews with the 21 Jun 1977 LAT calling the film an “entertaining, old-fashioned science fiction fantasy.” As noted in the 29 June 1977 HR, The People That Time Forgot was nominated for “Best Fantasy Film” by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
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       Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel was serialized in The Blue Book Magazine (Oct 1918). It was first published in book form as part of The Land That Time Forgot by A. C. McClurg & Co. (Chicago, 1924). Ace Books, Inc. published the first stand-alone version of the novel in paperback (New York, 1963).
       A 21 Jan 1977 DV news item reported that the film, a sequel to The Land That Time Forgot (1975, see entry), was scheduled to begin principal photography 24 Jan 1977 in the Spanish Canary Islands. Interiors were slated to start Feb 1977 at Pinewood Studios, England. According to a 25 Jan 1977 DV report, a helicopter with cameraman Peter Allwork and pilot John Poland aboard, crashed into Scotland’s Lake Avon, just one day after shooting began. Members of the Royal Air Force rescued Allwork and Poland, who were not seriously injured, but previously-shot footage was lost. A 4 Apr 1977 HR article, which noted that the production had recently returned to Pinewood studios in England after four weeks of shooting in the Canary Islands, stated that aerial footage was filmed in Germany, as well as Scotland. Although HR called the picture an Amicus-American International Pictures co-production, Amicus is not credited in the film.
       The film received fairly positive reviews with the 21 Jun 1977 LAT calling the film an “entertaining, old-fashioned science fiction fantasy.” As noted in the 29 June 1977 HR, The People That Time Forgot was nominated for “Best Fantasy Film” by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
      End credits include the following note: “Made on location in Santa Cruz de la Palma [Canary Islands] and Pinewood Studios, England.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Jun 1977.
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Daily Variety
21 Jan 1977.
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Daily Variety
25 Jan 1977.
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Daily Variety
21 Jun 1977.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 1977.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 1977.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 1977
p. 3.
Los Angeles Free Press
Undated.
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Los Angeles Times
21 Jun 1977
Section G, p. 8.
Motion Picture Production Digest
20 Jul 1977.
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New York Times
7 Jul 1977
p. 18.
Variety
22 Jun 1977
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Max J. Rosenberg production
Samuel Z. Arkoff presnets
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr, Spain
Prod mgr, U.K.
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Pres/Exec prod
Prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Aerial photog
Aerial photog
Cam op
Cam asst
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir, U.K.
Art dir, Spain
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
Dubbing editor
Dubbing mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv, Spain
Spec eff supv, U.K.
Process photog
MAKEUP
Make-up
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Continuity
Exec in charge of prod
Prod services by
A.I.P. prod exec
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on part two of the the novel The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Chicago, 1924).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1977
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 22 June 1977
New York opening: 6 July 1977
Production Date:
began 24 January 1977 in Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
Pinewood Studios, England
Avon Lake, Scotland
and Germany
Copyright Claimant:
American International Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 June 1977
Copyright Number:
LP48221
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
34829
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1919, a British Royal Navy ship, the H.M.S. Polar Queen, delivers a small expedition to the coast of an “ice continent” near Antarctica called Caprona. The party, led by American Major Ben McBride, is searching for his boyhood friend, Bowen Tyler, who was marooned on the island in 1916 and tossed a canister containing a manuscript into the ocean, hoping he would be rescued. Other members of the expedition include airplane mechanic Hogan, who served under McBride in World War I, Dr. Norfolk, a British biologist, and Lady “Charly” Charlotte, a photojournalist whose London, England, newspaper financed the adventure. Caprona, populated by cavemen and dinosaurs, is surrounded by an enormous “ice wall” and McBride flies the party over it to the tropical interior in the Amphibian, a seaplane. A Pterodactyl attacks the Amphibian and McBride is forced to crash land. Meanwhile, the Polar Queen loses radio contact with the expedition, but Captain Lawton vows to wait three to four weeks for their return. Meanwhile, Hogan assesses the damage to the Amphibian as the others encounter a Stegosaurus, which they use to winch the plane to level ground. Hogan estimates it will take several days to repair, but McBride feels they cannot spare the time. McBride, Norfolk and Charly proceed on foot and find a young primitive woman, Ajor, who carries a Bowie knife, speaks English, and knows Tyler. She tells Charly that she is a member of the Galu tribe. Several years earlier, Tyler and a woman named Lisa, the lone survivors of the previous expedition, arrived and befriended them. All was peaceful until four months ... +


In 1919, a British Royal Navy ship, the H.M.S. Polar Queen, delivers a small expedition to the coast of an “ice continent” near Antarctica called Caprona. The party, led by American Major Ben McBride, is searching for his boyhood friend, Bowen Tyler, who was marooned on the island in 1916 and tossed a canister containing a manuscript into the ocean, hoping he would be rescued. Other members of the expedition include airplane mechanic Hogan, who served under McBride in World War I, Dr. Norfolk, a British biologist, and Lady “Charly” Charlotte, a photojournalist whose London, England, newspaper financed the adventure. Caprona, populated by cavemen and dinosaurs, is surrounded by an enormous “ice wall” and McBride flies the party over it to the tropical interior in the Amphibian, a seaplane. A Pterodactyl attacks the Amphibian and McBride is forced to crash land. Meanwhile, the Polar Queen loses radio contact with the expedition, but Captain Lawton vows to wait three to four weeks for their return. Meanwhile, Hogan assesses the damage to the Amphibian as the others encounter a Stegosaurus, which they use to winch the plane to level ground. Hogan estimates it will take several days to repair, but McBride feels they cannot spare the time. McBride, Norfolk and Charly proceed on foot and find a young primitive woman, Ajor, who carries a Bowie knife, speaks English, and knows Tyler. She tells Charly that she is a member of the Galu tribe. Several years earlier, Tyler and a woman named Lisa, the lone survivors of the previous expedition, arrived and befriended them. All was peaceful until four months ago, when the Na-ga, a more advanced tribe, attacked and slaughtered most of the Galu. Ajor escaped and has been on the run ever since. Tyler and Lisa may have been captured, but the Na-ga has a practice of sacrificing hostages to the volcano god, Nagramata. As Ajor leads the others to the Na-ga, they witness another tribe, the Band-lu, hunting two Galu men. The Galu are felled by arrows, but not before one tells Ajor that Tyler was taken with some others to the Mountain of the Skulls, where the Na-ga live. As Ajor goes ahead to look for a shortcut through the mountain, McBride, Norfolk, and Charly are attacked and captured by the Band-lu, who stake them to the ground. Ajor rescues them and leads them through the cavern to the other side of the mountain, where horseback-riding Na-ga warriors meet them. Their leader speaks English and explains that Tyler taught it to him, and offers to take McBride and company to Tyler. They reach the Mountain of Skulls and are introduced to the Na-ga leader, Sabbala. The men are separated from the women, and Ajor and Charly are told that they are to be brides of Nagramata and sacrificed at sunrise. McBride and Norfolk are led away to a cell, where they find Tyler imprisoned. He tells them that Sabbala killed Lisa. Ambushing the Na-gas who bring them food, the three men fight their way into Sabbala’s chamber to rescue Ajor and Charly. Sabbala falls into the adjoining volcano, triggering an eruption, but McBride, Tyler, Norfolk, Ajor, and Charly are forced to escape through the volcano. They reach the surface only to be pursued by more Na-ga. Tyler warns McBride that even if they escape, they will never get off the island as it is alive and the volcano is its heart. McBride and Tyler hold off the Na-ga, while Norfolk, Ajor, and Charly enter another cave. A Na-ga kills Tyler with an arrow as the volcano continues to erupt. McBride rejoins the others and they narrowly escape a dinosaur. Back at the plane, Hogan attempts to finish repairs as volcanic explosions buffet the aircraft. On the coast, the Polar Queen waits, but Lt. Whitby informs Captain Lawton that they must pull out immediately or be crushed by an iceberg. Meanwhile, on the island, McBride and his party flee through Band-lu territory, avoiding the ground explosions caused by the volcano. They reach Hogan and the plane takes off. As they reach the ice wall, they are forced to lessen the weight of the plane by throwing anything extraneous overboard, including Charly’s camera equipment. As the Amphibian clears the highest peak it loses power and McBride glides the plane to a rough landing near the Polar Queen. McBride, Charly, Hogan, Ajor, and Norfolk, are rescued and toasted by Lawton and his crew as the ship sails to safety. +

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